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The Inspirational Night Dream in the Motivation and Justification of Jihad

Iain R. Edgar
Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions
Vol. 11, No. 2 (November 2007), pp. 59-76
DOI: 10.1525/nr.2007.11.2.59
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/nr.2007.11.2.59
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

This article uses a wide variety of examples to argue that the experience of the true dream (ruya) is a fundamental, inspirational, and even strategic, part of the contemporary militant jihadist movement in the Middle East and elsewhere. Dream narratives are contextualized through a consideration of the historical role of the perceived revelatory power of the night dream in Islam. This article further explores some key aspects of Islamic dream theory and interpretation, and offers examples and analysis of the inspirational guidance claimed by many of the best known al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders and jihadists.

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